A Chinese delegation of 27 people in total are set to arrive in Seychelles this week to participate in the annual Carnaval International de Victoria in the Seychelles. It has now been confirmed that 14 of them will depart from Beijing on February 27, 2012, and 13 will depart from Beijing on March 2, 2012.
From China it has now been confirmed that the performers will have dances and the Chinese Traditional Qi Pao (costume) Show. The Seychelles Tourism Attaché at the Seychelles Embassy in Beijing, Jean Luc Lai-Lam, and Huanhuan Lee of the Embassy and Tourism Board Office said that the Chinese performance will be colorful and attractive.
The confirmation arrived as Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, was leaving Hong Kong last weekend where he had been on a working mission with a delegation of Seychelles tourism professionals wanting to work alongside the country’s Tourism Board to open up China as a tourism market.
“The arrival of a Chinese group of performers brings added color and diversity to the carnival we are holding alongside La Reunion under the theme of the ‘Melting Pot of Cultures.’ The Chinese press, inclusive of their TV, are also coming to cover the carnival and their own country’s participation in the carnival. Both Seychelles and La reunion are after attracting Chinese tourists, and this announcement that China will be at the carnival is good news and should help our efforts in increasing visibility of our respective islands in China,” Alain St.Ange said as he was leaving Hong Kong back for Seychelles.
Over 33 international delegations are flying to Seychelles this week to join in the three-day carnival that is set to be officially opened on Friday, March 2 and close on Sunday, March 4. They will be joined by another 40-plus delegation from Seychelles in the carnival procession that will be help in Victoria the heart of the Seychelles.
Press from the world over are expected in Seychelles to cover this unique carnival known across the world as the “Carnival of Carnivals,” because it remains the only carnival to see delegations from the best and most known carnivals parade side by side and with cultural groups from the Community of Nations.